Living Legacy Artist | January 23-Feb 5, 2024
moving alchemy: puzzles/propositions/journeys
Legacy Artist Sara Shelton Mann and collaborator, Jesse Zaritt, will be coming to MANCC to further develop their body of work, a series of duets and solos that have been in process since 2018. They will also work on the creation of a book that aims to make Shelton Mann’s teaching methodologies accessible. This pedagogic philosophy has been in development over her 60-year career as a choreographer, performer and teacher. It investigates how training and performance converge into technique or how techniques and training converge and converse with performance. These methodologies are informed by Shelton Mann’s rigorous study of somatics, metaphysics and healing modalities; the work is born through the alchemy of her embodied attention and intention over decades of practice. They will use their time at MANCC to develop the text of the book, imagining how it could work in professional and educational settings. They plan to engage with FSU students in a workshop to explore how the manual activates dancers alongside Sara and Jesse’s live facilitation.
While at MANCC, the artist collaborators will also continue to develop their performance work. For both, the movement between research, teaching and creating performance is essential and inevitable. The questions that arise through this blending of practices provoke urgency, a relational urgency that asks for witnesses, a meeting of the other within and beyond ourselves.